As Deadline Looms: Secure Your Biometric ID Cards by March 31st,   2024

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

It’s imperative for both Citizens and Non-Citizens to take action now and secure their Biometric ID Cards issued by the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) before the approaching deadline of March 31st, 2024. While some may think there’s plenty of time left to act, it’s crucial to recognize the fleeting nature of time and avoid procrastination.

It’s been suggested that obtaining these ID cards shouldn’t be mandatory, but it’s important to clarify that encouraging individuals to fulfill their statutory responsibility isn’t coercion but rather ensuring compliance with legal obligations.

The urgency stems from a recent collaborative agreement among the NCRA, Sierra Leone Police (SLP), and the Office of National Security (ONS), following a Parliamentary Directive ratified in March 2022. This directive mandates linking Identification Cards (National, Non-National, and ECOWAS) with the National Identification Number (NIN) for various services including financial transactions, vehicle registration, public and private institution recruitment, among others.

The NCRA, SLP, and ONS stress the importance of obtaining these ID cards, emphasizing the deadline of March 31st, 2024. National and Non-National ID cards are compulsory, while ECOWAS ID cards are optional, but compliance will be enforced from April 1st, 2024.

According to officials, these measures aim to ensure accurate identification and consistency in personal information, crucial for national security and effective law enforcement.

The public is urged to begin the registration process at various NCRA centers across the country without delay. The centres are:

  1. NCRA Headquarters: 2 Walpole Street, Freetown.
    2. NCRA Office: 23B Off Kingharman Road, Freetown.
    3. NCRA Office: Kennedy Street, Freetown.
    4. NCRA Branch Office: 230 Lumley Road, Freetown (By the Round- About).
    5. NCRA Office: Waterloo along the Freetown High Way (Opposite the Police Station).
    6. NCRA Offices: Regional Headquarter Towns of Bo, Kenema, Makeni, and Port Loko.

The NCRA has also introduced specialized corporate services designed for organizations and institutions. For detailed information on these services, interested parties can reach out to the following contact numbers: +232-33-433-333, +232-30-500-000, +232-60-000, +232-78-221-812, or via email at

Mobile registration units have been deployed in remote areas to ensure that every resident, no matter where they are located, has access to this essential form of identification. Additionally, online registration options will be made available for those who are unable to visit a physical registration centre.

It’s crucial for all residents, citizens, and foreigners alike, to obtain their ID cards to avoid any last-minute rush. Let’s embrace this initiative to foster a more connected and prosperous Sierra Leone.


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